Squatters Rest Private Museum owner Don Atkinson with the cover of an antique fuel pump stolen from the museum.
Squatters Rest Private Museum owner Don Atkinson with the cover of an antique fuel pump stolen from the museum.

Search for Golden Fleece and heavy crims

IT TOOK four big men to bring Don Atkinson's Golden Fleece petrol bowser to his Squatters Rest Private Museum at Tucabia, but the hard work was undone when it was taken back out by thieves.

"They lifted it over the fence without breaking the top wire and probably into a truck backed up as close to the fence as possible, so there must have been four of them at least," Mr Atkinson said.

"The concrete moulded sheep would have weighed 35kg alone."

Mr Atkinson said his 1950s-era petrol bowser was in good condition with all of the original pieces and would be worth $2000 to $3000.

He said it was part of an outside display in front of 16 sheds full of antiques and collectables.

Mr Atkinson said his museum hosted the Tucabia markets twice a month on top of weddings, music nights, schools and tour groups, which all came through his doors to enjoy his collection

He said his museum was surrounded by an electric fence, but it was not working.

"If it was working, it would have given them quite a shock," he said.

"We had it for about eight years ... nine years in October.

"It was very hard to come by and there aren't too many about."

Mr Atkinson said he would appreciate any information on where his bowser was and for its return to his museum. He had not yet contacted police.

If you have any information on Mr Atkinson's Golden Fleece petrol bowser, phone Squatters Rest Private Museum on 6644 8076 or 0428 543 055.

Crimes can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by phoning 1800 333 000.



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